Fall 2014 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Madison Maas

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Wendy Goldberg

Ethnic Identity: Mediator Between Home Environment and Explicit Prejudice

Julienne B. Mackey

Dance/ Psychology

Professor Lisa Naugle

Dance Therapy in Israel

Shant Malkasian

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine/ Minor in Computer Science and Informatics

Professor Sabee Molloi

Automatic Segmentation of Coronary Arteries using Hessian-Based Multi-Scale Filtering and Eigenvectors to Track Vessels

Kasim M. Manekia

Biological Sciences

Professor Wei Ling Lau

Cerebral Microbleeds in Chronic Kidney Disease

Vandy Y. Mao


Professor Feng Liu-Smith
Professor Frank L. Meyskens

Impact of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms on the Gender Disparity of Cutaneous Melanoma

Linet Mardyrosian

Political Science

Professor John R. Hipp

Parks and Crime: The Linkages between Neighborhood Park Crime and Socioeconomic Distribution within Southern California

Benjamin Martin

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Professor Nancy T. Burley

Effects of Changes in Nutrition on Secondary Sexual Characteristics in Male Taeniopygia guttata

Allison-Graham Martin

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Salvatore R. Maddi

Is One's Levels of Gambling Negatively or Positively Correlated with their Hardiness Scores? And, are there any Differences between University Students and the General Public in Terms of these Relationships?

Natalie Matsuura

Dance-Choreography/ Dance-Performance

Professor Diane Diefenderfer
Professor Loretta Livingston

CHP/BFA Thesis: Beauty is...

Junior G. Mazariegos

Earth & Environmental Science

Professor Claudia Czimczik

Measuring the Natural Abundance of Radiocarbon and Stable Isotopes to Monitor Recharge and Trace Carbon Cycling within the Orange County Coastal Groundwater Basin

Jazmyne S. McNeese

Sociology/ Dance Major, African American Studies Minor

Professor Samuel Gilmore
Professor Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

Special Call: Black Economic Discourse Assessing Wealth, Gender and Linked-Fate

Eric M. Mendez

Public Health Sciences

Professor Christy Hom

Does Compliance with Interdisciplinary Team Recommendations Result in Better Outcomes for Patients with Developmental Disabilities?

Tabitha F. Miller


Professor Shane A. Ardo

pH-Independent PN-type Patternization of Polyethylene Terephthalate Plastic Nanopores

Mitchell S. Miller


Professor Chris D. Vanderwal

Toward an Efficient and Stereocontrolled Synthesis of Pseudopterosins

Zaki A. Molvi

Chemical Engineering

Professor Young J. Kwon

Stimuli Responsive Liposomes for Targeted Chemotherapy Drug Delivery

Patricia I. Morales

Sociology/ Social Policy and Public Service

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Social Mobility and Life Satisfaction between Generations of Mexican Americans in the United States

Grace D. Mortero

Earth & Environmental Science

Professor Claudia Czimczik

Changes in the Carbon Dioxide Flux of Arctic Soils in Response to the Addition of 14C Labelled Root Exudates

Enrique C. Mosqueda


Professor Joanne Christopherson

The Effects of Education Level, Race, and Experience on Attitudes of Police Officers on Abuse of Force

Ricardo X. Munoz

International Studies

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Violence and Sovereignty: A Case Study on the Effects Cartel Related Crimes Have on Mexican State Authority in the State of Michoacán

Raymond R. Naval

Dance-Choreography/ Business Management Minor

Professor Sheron Wray


Norbert Negrea

Social Science

Professor Joanne Christopherson
Professor Caesar Sereseres

GIS Analysis of 911 Responses in Pacoima and Encino California: A Comparative Study

Nathan N. Ng

Biological Sciences

Professor Diane K. O'Dowd
Professor Martin A. Smith

Optimization of Feeder Layer Cultures and Media that Support Differentiation of Human Neural Stem Cells into Electrically Excitable Neurons

Luna T. Ngo

Biological Sciences

Professor J.J. Emerson

The Genetic Basis of D. melanogaster-D. simulans Interspecies Difference in Ethanol Resistance

Andy M. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrej Luptak

Examining Selectivity of High Affinity RNA Clones from a Metagenomic Library Towards Adenosine 3‘,5‘- Cyclic Monophosphate

Maria B. Nguyen

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Meeta Banerjee
Professor Jacquelynne Eccles

Special Call: How do Coping Strategies Affect the Mental Health of a Victim of Repeated Intimate Partner Violence?

Dara D. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Geoffrey W. Abbott

Elucidating the Causes and Effects of Kcne2 Gene Deletion in Accelerating Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in Mice

Katie P. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Celia Goulding

Structural Studies of DsbA and its Putative Partner, VKOR, from Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

Aileen Nguyen

Quantitative Economics

Professor Marianne P. Bitler

Effectiveness of Food Desert Solutions

Tricia T. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Aimee L. Edinger

Effect of FTY720 Derivatives and Small Molecule MEK/ERK Inhibitors in Ras-mutant Cancer Cell Lines

Manda P. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Maksim Plikus

Analysis in FGF5 of Murine Hair Growth Cycle and Back Skin Pattern

Kimberly Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Aimee L. Edinger

Role of PP2A in FTY720-Induced Down-Regulation of Nutrient Transporters

Erin M. O'Connell

Dance-Performance/ Psychology

Professor Loretta Livingston

Seven Sided Circle

Muaeen K. Obadi

Biological Sciences

Professor Elliot Hui

3D Optical Control of Gene Expression using 2-Photon Stereo-Ontogenetic

Hiroyuki R. Ogikubo


Professor Kenneth J. Shea

Synthesis of a Monomer Containing Boronophthalide Group

Jessica C. Oquist

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Professor Adam C. Martiny

Nitrate Reductase Genes among Marine Cyanobacteria Prochlorococcus

Andrea Ordaz

Dance-Choreography/ Dance-Performance

Professor Loretta Livingston

A Place of Thought

Daniel Overstreet


Professor Samuel Gilmore
Professor David Smith

Globalization and Labor Exploitation: The Complacency of State Policy in Supporting Labor Exploitation

Christina Owens


Professor Scott Rychnovsky

Development of β-Amino Alkyllithium and Boronate Reagents

Nina Ozbardakci


Professor Elizabeth Cauffman

Social Isolation versus Hostility in Relationships Among At-Risk Youth

Miguel A. Palafox

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor David A. Fruman

Differential Regulation and Sensitivity of 4E-BP Isoforms to the Immunosuppressive Drug Rapamycin

Ronni V. Park

Biological Sciences

Professor Jose Ranz

Determination of the Y-Chromosome’s Effect on the Expression of a Newly Evolved Multi-Gene Family in Drosophila melanogaster

Sangbeom Park

Aerospace Engineering

Professor Yun Wang

Lithium-Ion Battery Test under Different Temperature and Different Current

Ryan N. Parks

Biological Sciences

Professor Steven L. Wechsler

Generation of Mutant Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Expressing HVEM

Nayiri Partamian

International Studies

Professor Steven Topik

Sustainable Cup of Culture

Tej H. Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor Cristina Kenney

The Effect of Anticancer Drugs on H vs J Cybrid Haplogroups

Yash R. Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor Liang-Wu Fu

Role of Opioid μ-Receptors in Regulation of Ischemic Mediator-Evoked Cardiac Reflex

Stephanie I. Pearlman

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Jered Haun

Study of Mucin 1 Glycocalyx Content through Cell Deformability

Jessica B. Pedraza

Social Science

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Special Call: Socioeconomic Status: The Impacts of Familismo on Latinas Decision-Making Process in Academia

Evangel Penumaka

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Victoria Bernal

Special Call: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Media Representations of Rape in the U.S and India

Hoang M. Pham

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

Green Tea Polyphenols Act through Iron Transporting Proteins to Affect Lifespan and Fertility of Drosophila melanogaster

Anhuy N. Pham

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva
Professor Szu Wang

Optimization of Recombinant Collagen’s Stability in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae

Michael T. Phan

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Frances M. Leslie

Age-Dependent Changes in 5-HT1A Receptor mRNA Expression following Nicotine or Fluoxetine Exposure

Julie E. Phuong


Professor John F. Guzowski

Examination of Representations in the Brain Facilitating Memory

Mackenzie Poole

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Induction of Autophagy following Treatment with Rhodiola rosea in Drosophila melanogaster

Jiao Qiao


Professor Yi-Hong Zhou

Characterization of Intramural Heterogeneity in Glioblastoma by Identification of TP53 and PTEN Mutation Status in Tumor-Derived Syngeneic Subcultures Lines

Isheeta S. Rahman

Political Science

Professor Daniel Brunstetter

Special Call: Women in Political Campaigns and How the Media Portrays them

Amanda V. Ramirez


Professor Keith Murphy

Multiple Languages, One Person: An Ethnographic Study of Bilingualism and Identity

Shannon C. Ramsden

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Effect of two Different Forms of Iron on Drosophila melanogaster

Hassan Rassmy

International Studies/ Political Science

Professor Daniel Brunstetter

A Comparative Analysis of LGBT Rights in Turkey and Israel: The Context of Ethnic Nationalism and Minority Rights

Shirine M. Rehmani

Dance-Choreography/ International Studies

Professor Loretta Livingston

A B.F.A. Dance Choreography Thesis: Roots and Wings

Ci Ren


Professor William C. Tang

The Study of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition from Whole Blood

Delanie K. Roberts

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jodi Quas

The Effects of Sibling Relationships among Maltreated Youth

Elizabeth A. Rodriguez

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Political Science

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Mano de Obra it is Not: United States Failure to Protect Child Agriculture Laborers

Susan Rodriguez

Psychology/ Criminology, Law, and Society

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

LBGT Latina College Students: Spirituality, Family Traditions, and Well-Being

Angel Rodriguez

Criminology, Law & Society/ Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Joann Prause

Perception of Neighborhood Safety: Is this Important for Youth Well-Being and Engagement in Risky Behaviors?

Mariyah N. Saiduddin

Biological Sciences

Professor Michael T. Kleinman

Blood Pressure Effect of Exposure to Different Size Fractions of Concentrated Ambient Particles

Valery Saikaly

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Early Detection Using in vivo Non-Invasive Imaging Technique: An Alternate to Surgical Biopsy

Alejandra J. Sanchez

Sociology/ Education Sciences

Professor Susan K. Brown

In or Out of the Shadows?

Marissa Sanchez-Velasco

International Studies/ Minor in Politcal Science

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The Ethical Considerations of Cyberwarfare

Nancy I. Santiago Cortes

Political Science/ Criminology, Law and Society

Professor Louis DeSipio

Consequences of Deportations on Mixed-Status Families

Griselda Y . Santos

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Ana Rosas

Transnational Discourse of Unaccompanied Minors

Briana Sara-Flores

Sociology/ Educational Studies

Professor Raul Fernandez
Professor Rocio Rosales

Mexican-American and Cuban-American U.S. Experiences and Adaptation through the Labor Force

Christos N. Sarantopoulos

Biological Sciences

Professor Derek Banyard
Professor Alan Widgerow

Identification of Adipose Tissue Derived Stromal Vascular Fraction Components Essential to Regenerative Cell Therapy using Various Methods for Optimal Component Isolation

Kristianna SK. Sarkan

Biological Sciences

Professor Jorge Busciglio

Investigating the Role of Synaptic Zinc in Neurodegeneration and Synaptic Density

Adena Sarkian

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Angela F. Lukowski

Examining Cultural Differences in Autobiographical Memory During the Transition to Adulthood

Emran O. Sarwary

Public Health Sciences

Professor Steven Gross

Anti-Bacterial Properties by Lipid Droplet Histones in Drosophila melanogaster

Shae V. Schlegel


Professor Gregory A. Weiss

N-Terminal Myristoylation of cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase A

Amy Schoenheit


Professor Sheron Wray

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking through Dance

Ian G. Schweer

Computer Science/ Computer Game Science

Professor Jeff Krichmar

Simulation of Large-Scale Spiking Neural Networks

Jessica J. Shi


Professor David Baglietto-Vargas

Type 1 Diabetes Induces Tau Dependent Synaptic and Cognitive Deficits

Suzanne Sin

International Studies

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Attitudes Toward South Korean Education System

Lidia Smirnova

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered Haun

Creation of a MATLAB Program for the Unbiased Quantification of Cell Deformation

Cyril G. Soliman

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

MEMS Platform to Electrically Measure Mechanotransduction of Cancer Cells

Paola Sotelo

Social Ecology

Professor Dara H. Sorkin

Special Call: Mi Salud, Mi Vida: Examining the Impact of Family Members on Health Behaviors of Latina Breast Cancer Survivors

Sophia C. Spann

Biological Sciences

Professor Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont
Professor Shannon Toohey

Comparing the Efficacy of Traditional Paper Discharge Instructions to Electronic Multimedia Instructions: A Pilot Study

Breauna M. Spencer

Sociology/ Education Sciences

Professor Joanne Christopherson
Professor Samuel Gilmore
Professor Douglas Haynes

Special Call: African-American and Asian-American Women in Biological Sciences: Undergraduate Experiences that Contribute to Persistence and Success at UC Irvine and UC Los Angeles

Amanda Summers


Professor Andrej Luptak

In vitro Selection for DNA Aptamers Specifically Recognizing the Occludin Protein

Akari N. Sunaga

Business Administration

Professor Nicole Mitchell

Improv and Improve: A Study of Hachijo Taiko Improvisation and How it can Improve Learning Skills for College-Age Students